Blue Whale ‘Process’ Album Launch

Support: GIRL, Steve Davis, Herr Fingerling

FRI 9 NOV | THE MENAGERIE | DOORS 9PM, £9 (£20 12″ VINYL + DIGITAL ALBUM COMBO TICKET) BOOK HERE


Belfast jazz punk quartet, Blue Whale, launch their highly anticipated debut album Process, reining the satiating havoc of their live show into a slightly more ordered studio format. Their aim has always been to veer away from the trappings of the traditional guitar-centric four-piece and in doing this have experimented heavily with unconventional scales and time signatures. Their cadenced, angular and atonal compositions tread fine lines between dance and discord, chaos and intricacy, with the resultant aural tension unique in its capacity to simultaneously provoke mental confusion and physical movement. Their sound has been compared to the likes of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Television, Swans, Sonic Youth and Slint.

The band has played numerous shows around Ireland, with recent highlights including the launch of Moving On Music’s Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival and a fully improvised set with Krautrock legend Damo Suzuki (CAN).

“Belfast has a penchant for producing talented musicians who push the limits with their art. Rock quartet Blue Whale are the latest to lead the charge…gritty and industrial leaning guitar riffs, coupled with thumping percussive sounds…the group come together to create a symphony of chaotic, yet controlled experimental rock” – The Quietus

“The mathy, jazz-flecked brew hurtles through a thorny tunnel of riffs and percussive flailing – it should be utter chaos, but Blue Whale make it honeyed.” – The Line of Best Fit

“Blue Whale are steadily earning their stripes as one of the country’s most thoroughly forward-thinking bands of a generation.” – The Thin Air

“I really like Blue Whale… they kind of remind me of Albert Ayler playing with a bunch of kids that grew up on Steve Albini records.” – Andy Cairns, Therapy?

“Disipline-era King Crimson on speed, punctuated by explosions of punkish anarchy. Potent stuff.” – All About Jazz

“There aren’t too many “experimental party” contenders around…but even if they were ten-a-penny in Irish venues, we reckon Blue Whale would elliptically battle them off the dance floor with ease.” – Hot Press Magazine

“Wonderfully ordered chaos… post-Rock tinged with Math-Rock sensibilities (Post Rock2 if you will)… it’s exhilarating” – BBC Across The Line

“Blue Whale scare me” – BBC Introducing’s Philly Taggart

STEVE DAVIS

Dr Steve ‘Dakiz’ Davis is a Belfast born, professional percussionist and composer with music published on numerous european and UK based labels. He has played and collaborated with internationally renound artists such as Evan Parker, Tom Arthurs, Paul Dunmall, Norma Winston, Dick Oats, Curtis Fuller, Alan Vache, Brian Irvine, Mark Ribot, Matthew Bourne, David Kane and many, many more . Steve, who currently teaches performance and composition at Queen’s University, is known as much for his jazz drumming as his free improvisational style of playing.

“Assured explosive drumming.” Irish Times.

“He is the most musical of drummers, ever empathic and sensitive.” Jazz wise.

HERR FINGERLING (Ex Gaju, Yakuza, Mojo Fury)

Herr Fingerling was discovered in 2017 wandering the outskirts of Belfast. He orchestrates strange guitar riffs as part of a trio, including ex members of Gaju, Killing Spree, Yakuza, Mudbitch and Mojo Fury. Herr Fingerling had a happy childhood but now makes music in an attempt to satisfy his pagan urges and understand the alien world around him. This will be their/his first show.

GIRL (Marion Hawkes + Venus Dupree)

The night will close with a set from GIRL, a female led collective featuring Venus Dupree (Disco, House and the Queer elements of the dance floor) and Marion Hawkes (genre and era spanning eclecticism, a mix of jacking house, obscure Italo and minimal techno).